Where to stay in Bruges?
Bruges has long been luring tourists and travellers alike to its meandering cobbled streets, winding canals and unique architecture. Well-connected with train and bus services, it is a charming little town perfect for day trip. However, I think that Bruges deserves more that just a day trip. Staying in Bruges allows you to enjoy the glorious sunset, speakeasy bars and the best thing? There will be little to no tourist the next early morning and that’s when you take the perfect photos because people mainly come for a day trip!
To find out where to stay in Bruges, you need to ask yourself a simple question: do you want to stay right next to the canal where you can enjoy the beautiful scene where gondolas cruise peacefully? Or you prefer to stay within the city centre where everything is just a stone’s throw away?
Wondering where to stay in Bruges? I have got the best suggestions for you!
Staying in Bruges - In front of the canal
Budget: Hotel Bourgoensch Hof – This accommodation has the best location and the best price! Located at the edge of the city centre, it is strategically located right next to the canal where you can enjoy your Belgian waffles as breakfast while watching the world goes by. It has the best of both world and you won’t be too far away from the city centre as well!
Moderate: The Doghouse B&B – Don’t fret, this is not an actual dog house! This is another accommodation that’s located in another area of the river. It’s not that close to the city centre so you can enjoy some tranquillity while staying in this posh, modern apartment hotel. You can also rent a bicycle from them and explore Bruges which is super bike-friendly!
Splurge: Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce, A Luxe Worldwide Hotel – You might ask: where to stay luxuriously in Bruges? Located just next to the river and still within the city centre, Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce is the hotel for you to pamper yourself during your stay in Bruges. It was even named as one of the most romantic hotels in Europe! The restaurant also serves one of the best Flemish cuisines in the region. The cheapest room starts at around 220 USD (or 318 AUD)!
Staying in Bruges - In the city centre
Budget: Hotel Bla Bla – Hotel Bla Bla is well-located in the city centre, with the Belfry Tower and Central Square just within steps away! The commercial street known as Wollestraat is also really close, just 600m away. Hotel Bla Bla is one of those hotels that does crazy early bird sale. Make sure to get on it quick before the early bird deals are gone (usually months before)!
Moderate: The Bleu House – This is a chic accommodation completed with sturdy wooden beams and a wonderful view of the city! You can have total privacy in this accommodation as it is an attic on the top floor. Equipped with windows everywhere, you will be able to enjoy rays of the sun into the room or enjoy a romantic stargazing night in your bed!
Splurge: Hotel De Castillion – Small elegant hotel – This establishment aims to have elegant rooms inspired by baroque and neoclassical interior design. You will feel like you are living like a king and queen just like in centuries ago. The ground floor dates to 16th century. Imagine you would be able to dine in this historical, grandiose lounge! This should be a tourist attraction. PS: There’s also a balcony for you to enjoy a drink while watching the world goes by.
Where to stay in Bruges - Other places
St Christopher’s Inn Hostel at The Bauhaus – Where to stay cheap in Bruges? This might be the prayer to all your answers! If budget is a problem, stay at this hostel. There are not many hostels in Bruges. This one is located a little far away from the city centre but it’s still walkable. You are very likely to meet many solo travellers should you stay here because, as I said, there are not many hostels around!
B&B Alphabet – Luxury Guesthouse and Art Gallery – Another interesting accommodation that you can stay at is B&B Alphabet. This place is literally an art gallery itself. The owner is an artist herself specialising in text-based art. The whole house itself is already a masterpiece of art! If you are artsy, make sure you stay here!
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Born and raised in Malaysia, Aaron is a medical student who desperately preaches about “Travelling doesn’t have to be expensive” – well, he has a full-on blog about it. When he is free, he checks for the cheapest airfare that would get him out of Australia. Aaron indulges in local cuisine so much that he has to lose some weight before and after he goes travelling. Read more about him here!
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